Minimizing post-surgery pain and significantly shortening recovery time.
In the past, most spine surgery was “open”. This meant that the surgeon would make a long incision in the back – about 5-6 inches long – in order to view the spine. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery was developed to avoid the various risks associated with this method of surgery, specifically the damage done to the muscles around the spine when they were moved to allow the surgeon to view the spine clearly.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery involves making small incisions directly above the site of the problem and using specialised instruments to treat only the affected part of the spine.
These minimally-invasive or percutaneous techniques have been used for common procedures such as decompression and spinal fusion since the 1990s and, although there are still some back and neck problems which cannot be treated with minimally-invasive surgery, it can now be used for a wide range of procedures, including Lumbar Discectomy, Foraminotomy and Rhizotomy.
- Low risk of significant damage to the muscles around the spine
- Less pain post-surgery
- Less bleeding
- Shorter recovery period
- Same day procedure (no hospital stay)
- Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery procedures often take less time than open surgery
- Reduced Rate of Infection compared with open surgery
- Potential to avoid general anesthesia